Category Archives: Foreign Language

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The Silence (2010)

This excellent police procedural thriller from Germany assembles a group of fully fleshed-out and highly interesting characters, and drops them into a fine criminal drama. The Silence feels original mostly because, as a foreign piece of work, it avoids the clichés we

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The Silence (2010)

This excellent police procedural thriller from Germany assembles a group of fully fleshed-out and highly interesting characters, and drops them into a fine criminal drama. The Silence feels original mostly because, as a foreign piece of work, it avoids the clichés we

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

This is an extraordinary film based on the extraordinary memoir of Jean-Dominique Bauby, well-known in France as a journalist, author, and editor of ELLE fashion magazine. Not only are the contents of Bauby’s memoir extraordinary – but the way in which he

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

This is an extraordinary film based on the extraordinary memoir of Jean-Dominique Bauby, well-known in France as a journalist, author, and editor of ELLE fashion magazine. Not only are the contents of Bauby’s memoir extraordinary – but the way in which he

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Cold Fish (2010)

I like to watch films without knowing anything about the plot beforehand. This means I get to fully enjoy every twist from start to finish; I’m like a nun walking onto a porno set. I am able to do this

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Cold Fish (2010)

I like to watch films without knowing anything about the plot beforehand. This means I get to fully enjoy every twist from start to finish; I’m like a nun walking onto a porno set. I am able to do this

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Burnt by the Sun (1994)

Russian star Nikita Mikhalkov writes, directs and takes top bill in this masterful drama set in the mid-30s in Stalin’s Soviet Union. Burnt by the Sun follows an eventful day in the lives of Red Army division commander Kotov, on leave at home, and his

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Burnt by the Sun (1994)

Russian star Nikita Mikhalkov writes, directs and takes top bill in this masterful drama set in the mid-30s in Stalin’s Soviet Union. Burnt by the Sun follows an eventful day in the lives of Red Army division commander Kotov, on leave at home, and his

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Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)

This Spanish film is a brilliantly written romantic drama without any of the unsubtle, inauthentic adornments we have come to expect from the heavily-marketed rubbish that passes as romance these days. Lovers of the Arctic Circle takes you on a journey of longing,

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Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)

This Spanish film is a brilliantly written romantic drama without any of the unsubtle, inauthentic adornments we have come to expect from the heavily-marketed rubbish that passes as romance these days. Lovers of the Arctic Circle takes you on a journey of longing,

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Spoorloos (1988)

Spoorloos (a.k.a. The Vanishing) is a cult classic from Holland. This mystery thriller is an absolute cliff-hanger. And… there is no chance you can guess the outcome. How often do you hear that! The film is based on the excellent novella The Golden Egg by

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Spoorloos (1988)

Spoorloos (a.k.a. The Vanishing) is a cult classic from Holland. This mystery thriller is an absolute cliff-hanger. And… there is no chance you can guess the outcome. How often do you hear that! The film is based on the excellent novella The Golden Egg by

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Thirst (2009)

We love South Korean cinema and we love director Park Chan-wook. Park is well-known for “The Vengeance Trilogy”, i.e. the brilliant Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), the wonderful Oldboy (2003) and the average Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005). J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)

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Thirst (2009)

We love South Korean cinema and we love director Park Chan-wook. Park is well-known for “The Vengeance Trilogy”, i.e. the brilliant Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), the wonderful Oldboy (2003) and the average Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005). J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)

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The Hunt (2012)

This powerful and frightening drama from Denmark is not to be missed. Expertly filmed and acted, this is edge-of-your-seat cinema based on carefully crafted narrative, not run-of-the-mill action scenes. Danish star Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012

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The Hunt (2012)

This powerful and frightening drama from Denmark is not to be missed. Expertly filmed and acted, this is edge-of-your-seat cinema based on carefully crafted narrative, not run-of-the-mill action scenes. Danish star Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012

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Amour (2012)

We are big fans of Austrian director Michael Haneke here on Wonderful Cinema. We have already reviewed Funny Games (1997) and Caché (2005). Now we turn our attention to his latest – an exceptional film. Amour a.k.a. Love is a beautifully crafted piece

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Amour (2012)

We are big fans of Austrian director Michael Haneke here on Wonderful Cinema. We have already reviewed Funny Games (1997) and Caché (2005). Now we turn our attention to his latest – an exceptional film. Amour a.k.a. Love is a beautifully crafted piece

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La Dolce Vita (1960)

One of the wonderful things about having a passion for films is that there is always another gem that you never got around to seeing. Over 50 years after it was made, I have finally sat down and watched Federico Fellini’s

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La Dolce Vita (1960)

One of the wonderful things about having a passion for films is that there is always another gem that you never got around to seeing. Over 50 years after it was made, I have finally sat down and watched Federico Fellini’s

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Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

The opening scene of Werckmeister Harmonies must be one of the most engaging and wonderful ever made. This apparent setting of the tone and the way subsequent events unfold make us very grateful we knew nothing about this film before

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Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

The opening scene of Werckmeister Harmonies must be one of the most engaging and wonderful ever made. This apparent setting of the tone and the way subsequent events unfold make us very grateful we knew nothing about this film before

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City of God (2002)

A masterpiece from Brazil, 2002’s City of God follows a group of youths growing up in a crime-ridden slum outside Rio de Janeiro. This film is shocking, thrilling, frightening and humorous. The incredible cinematography, gripping story and wonderful characters will keep you

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City of God (2002)

A masterpiece from Brazil, 2002’s City of God follows a group of youths growing up in a crime-ridden slum outside Rio de Janeiro. This film is shocking, thrilling, frightening and humorous. The incredible cinematography, gripping story and wonderful characters will keep you

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I Killed My Mother (2009)

I Killed My Mother received an eight-minute standing ovation when it was shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it won three awards. It is the assured debut of then 19-year-old Canadian director, Xavier Dolan. Dolan wrote I Killed My Mother when he was

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I Killed My Mother (2009)

I Killed My Mother received an eight-minute standing ovation when it was shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it won three awards. It is the assured debut of then 19-year-old Canadian director, Xavier Dolan. Dolan wrote I Killed My Mother when he was

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Amores Perros (2000)

Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s uncompromisingly hard-hitting debut feature is an astounding drama thriller. It’s disturbing imagery, brilliantly choreographed and filmed, shocks. With his vivid characters and stories – all based loosely on fact – Iñárritu shows us a dark yet realistic

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Amores Perros (2000)

Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s uncompromisingly hard-hitting debut feature is an astounding drama thriller. It’s disturbing imagery, brilliantly choreographed and filmed, shocks. With his vivid characters and stories – all based loosely on fact – Iñárritu shows us a dark yet realistic

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Caché (2005)

Michael Haneke’s gripping, multi-layered French thriller Caché a.k.a. Hidden commands the viewer’s attention from beginning to end. This writer/director does not eagerly feed answers to his audiences. He relies instead on their intelligence, something severely bereft in most films in the same genre. Haneke likes

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Caché (2005)

Michael Haneke’s gripping, multi-layered French thriller Caché a.k.a. Hidden commands the viewer’s attention from beginning to end. This writer/director does not eagerly feed answers to his audiences. He relies instead on their intelligence, something severely bereft in most films in the same genre. Haneke likes

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Let the Right One In (2008)

Tomas Alfredson’s amazing Swedish film cannot be pigeonholed into a single genre. It is not horror nor fantasy, although the film contains elements of both. Most of all, this is a dramatic and unconventional love story between two children. But

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Let the Right One In (2008)

Tomas Alfredson’s amazing Swedish film cannot be pigeonholed into a single genre. It is not horror nor fantasy, although the film contains elements of both. Most of all, this is a dramatic and unconventional love story between two children. But

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Run Lola Run (1998)

This is a hugely entertaining, humorous and exhaustingly-paced German thriller from writer/director Tom Tykwer, starring Franka Potente – of The Bourne film series fame. The innovative visual style using several different filming techniques, the palpable sense of urgency, the pulsating techno score

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Run Lola Run (1998)

This is a hugely entertaining, humorous and exhaustingly-paced German thriller from writer/director Tom Tykwer, starring Franka Potente – of The Bourne film series fame. The innovative visual style using several different filming techniques, the palpable sense of urgency, the pulsating techno score

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The Intouchables (2011)

The Intouchables was a massive hit, taking over $336 million at the box office in its first 6 months. It is a brilliantly funny and tender tale brought to the screen magnificently by its two main actors, Omar Sy and François Cluzet, and

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The Intouchables (2011)

The Intouchables was a massive hit, taking over $336 million at the box office in its first 6 months. It is a brilliantly funny and tender tale brought to the screen magnificently by its two main actors, Omar Sy and François Cluzet, and

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The Lives of Others (2006)

Winner of the 79th Best Foreign Film Oscar, The Lives of Others is an outstanding psychological and political thriller set in East Berlin in 1984. The whole cast is excellent. Newcomers to German film will be floored by Ulrich Mühe (who

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The Lives of Others (2006)

Winner of the 79th Best Foreign Film Oscar, The Lives of Others is an outstanding psychological and political thriller set in East Berlin in 1984. The whole cast is excellent. Newcomers to German film will be floored by Ulrich Mühe (who

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Headhunters (2011)

Morten Tyldum’s highly entertaining Norwegian action thriller does have a couple of scenes that you will need to take with a pinch of salt. If you don’t mind that, then you’re in for a treat. With a cool script based on Jo Nesbø’s

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Headhunters (2011)

Morten Tyldum’s highly entertaining Norwegian action thriller does have a couple of scenes that you will need to take with a pinch of salt. If you don’t mind that, then you’re in for a treat. With a cool script based on Jo Nesbø’s

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Man Bites Dog (1992)

This controversial Belgian comedy drama is a sometimes shockingly violent yet effective satire on the complicity and often culpability of the media in our desensitisation to violence. One of the blackest comedies you’ll ever see, “Man Bites Dog” will have you laughing at scenes

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Man Bites Dog (1992)

This controversial Belgian comedy drama is a sometimes shockingly violent yet effective satire on the complicity and often culpability of the media in our desensitisation to violence. One of the blackest comedies you’ll ever see, “Man Bites Dog” will have you laughing at scenes

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La Haine (1995)

Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine a.k.a. Hate follows three immigrant friends – a Jew, an African and an Arab – who live in a poor district on Paris’ outskirts. The central theme of the film is the social marginalisation of such people and

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La Haine (1995)

Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine a.k.a. Hate follows three immigrant friends – a Jew, an African and an Arab – who live in a poor district on Paris’ outskirts. The central theme of the film is the social marginalisation of such people and

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Seven Samurai (1954)

Renowned as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, Seven Samurai is set in 16th century Japan where bandits roam the countryside, ransacking farmers villages and killing or kidnapping their inhabitants. Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece is not only

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Seven Samurai (1954)

Renowned as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, Seven Samurai is set in 16th century Japan where bandits roam the countryside, ransacking farmers villages and killing or kidnapping their inhabitants. Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece is not only

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Nikita (1990)

Luc Besson’s stylish French action thriller stars Anne Parillaud in an intense performance with great supporting roles played by Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana and Jean Reno. The sharp script, exciting action scenes and complexly layered characters all go towards creating a

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Nikita (1990)

Luc Besson’s stylish French action thriller stars Anne Parillaud in an intense performance with great supporting roles played by Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana and Jean Reno. The sharp script, exciting action scenes and complexly layered characters all go towards creating a

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Cell 211 (2009)

Winner of eight Goya Awards, Cell 211 is a thrilling, high-tension drama revolving around a prison, its inmates and guards, and the events that take place on a particular day. Daniel Monzón directs this superb Spanish film using a cast

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Cell 211 (2009)

Winner of eight Goya Awards, Cell 211 is a thrilling, high-tension drama revolving around a prison, its inmates and guards, and the events that take place on a particular day. Daniel Monzón directs this superb Spanish film using a cast

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101 Reykjavík (2000)

Baltasar Kormákur’s debut feature, based on Hallgrímur Helgason’s novel, is an Icelandic comedy about a slacker called Hlynur who lives with his mother and permanently on the dole. Hlynur’s whole life consists of watching porn, getting drunk in the local pub and

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101 Reykjavík (2000)

Baltasar Kormákur’s debut feature, based on Hallgrímur Helgason’s novel, is an Icelandic comedy about a slacker called Hlynur who lives with his mother and permanently on the dole. Hlynur’s whole life consists of watching porn, getting drunk in the local pub and

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Thesis (1996)

Alejandro Amenábar’s superb debut is a Spanish psychological thriller about a university student working on a thesis about violence in the media. As she researches material, she uncovers a lot more than she bargained for. Thesis was nominated for eight prizes at the 1997

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Thesis (1996)

Alejandro Amenábar’s superb debut is a Spanish psychological thriller about a university student working on a thesis about violence in the media. As she researches material, she uncovers a lot more than she bargained for. Thesis was nominated for eight prizes at the 1997

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Amélie (2001)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s beautiful and fantastical romantic comedy is about a sweet girl who devises extraordinary ways of bringing cheer to the needful and happiness to herself. The film is an absolute joy to watch, warming your heart and making you

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Amélie (2001)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s beautiful and fantastical romantic comedy is about a sweet girl who devises extraordinary ways of bringing cheer to the needful and happiness to herself. The film is an absolute joy to watch, warming your heart and making you

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Nine Queens (2000)

Nothing is as it seems in Fabián Bielinsky’s fabulous Argentinian crime thriller, Nine Queens. This award-winning film, set in the world of con men and thieves in Buenos Aires, follows a couple of grifters as they go about their daily lives of

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Nine Queens (2000)

Nothing is as it seems in Fabián Bielinsky’s fabulous Argentinian crime thriller, Nine Queens. This award-winning film, set in the world of con men and thieves in Buenos Aires, follows a couple of grifters as they go about their daily lives of

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Memories of Murder (2003)

Based on a true case involving the murders of several women between 1986-91 in provincial South Korea, Memories of Murder follows the investigation by the local police force. Bong Joon-Ho’s remarkable film, marked by incongruous comedy, takes us beyond the details

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Memories of Murder (2003)

Based on a true case involving the murders of several women between 1986-91 in provincial South Korea, Memories of Murder follows the investigation by the local police force. Bong Joon-Ho’s remarkable film, marked by incongruous comedy, takes us beyond the details

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The Clone Returns Home (2008)

Kanji Nakajima’s The Clone Returns Home is a superbly crafted and touching science fiction film. It comprises an involving human story coupled to the exploration of interesting scientific ideas, technological, ethical and philosophical. The film, reminiscent of Tarkovsky’s work, is shot

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The Clone Returns Home (2008)

Kanji Nakajima’s The Clone Returns Home is a superbly crafted and touching science fiction film. It comprises an involving human story coupled to the exploration of interesting scientific ideas, technological, ethical and philosophical. The film, reminiscent of Tarkovsky’s work, is shot

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Le Trou (1960)

Jacques Becker’s masterpiece Le Trou a.k.a. The Hole is one of cinema’s greatest prison films. Becker retells this real-life story with uncompromising realism, forcing us to share in the protagonists’ physical and mental anguish. Le Trou’s gritty edge is further accentuated by

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Le Trou (1960)

Jacques Becker’s masterpiece Le Trou a.k.a. The Hole is one of cinema’s greatest prison films. Becker retells this real-life story with uncompromising realism, forcing us to share in the protagonists’ physical and mental anguish. Le Trou’s gritty edge is further accentuated by

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Funny Games (1997)

This superbly acted and paced Austrian film is out to prove that us moviegoers have yet to become so accustomed to cinema violence that we have lost our capacity for horror and empathy. Funny Games is extreme without directly showing much

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Funny Games (1997)

This superbly acted and paced Austrian film is out to prove that us moviegoers have yet to become so accustomed to cinema violence that we have lost our capacity for horror and empathy. Funny Games is extreme without directly showing much

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Hot Topic: Good Horror Films?

Good Horror Films Which are your favourite horror films? Below is a list of horror films we thought were effective. Our choices are bound to differ from yours. Add your favourite horror films in the comments and tell us why we must

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Hot Topic: Good Horror Films?

Good Horror Films Which are your favourite horror films? Below is a list of horror films we thought were effective. Our choices are bound to differ from yours. Add your favourite horror films in the comments and tell us why we must